Tyson Fury displayed a boxing clinic to get back his green belts and reclaim the world heavyweight spot as he bulldozed Deontay Wilder to claim a 7th Technical Knockout victory in the much-anticipated clash in Las Vegas Saturday. 14 months after the controversial split-decision draw, the Gypsy King pummeled Wilder in what was a pretty dominant show at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury attacked Wilder like he said before the match as he floored the defending Champion in 3rd and 5th round of the bout before earning a 7th round stoppage as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel to rescue him form the merciless Gypsy.
“The king has returned to the top of the throne,” said Fury who is now unbeaten after 31 bouts.
Wilder who entered the ring for title defense for the 11th time suffered his first defeat since 2008; his maiden also in 44 fights to update 42-1-1. Fury who was boastful of flooring the American in 2nd round as he claimed in his pre-fight antics but couldn’t materialize the claim. However, he since the opening bell attacked Wilder and never allowed him to settle. Wilder always on the backfoot but didn’t hesitate to go the distance all the way through the rough rounds of boxing.
“I just want to say a big shout out Deontay Wilder. He manned up, he really did show heart of a champion. I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him, and he go back up and battled on into round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be champion again, said Tyson praising the spirit of the smothered heavyweight who couldn’t even attend the post-match proceedings and was rushed to hospital after the fight was stopped by referee.
The American who was billed to break Muhammad Ali’s record of 10 successful title defenses of WBC crown fumed up at his men for stopping the fight.
“I Just wish that my corner would have let me went out on my shield,” said Bronze Bomber who had 95% of his wins though ruthless knockouts. “I am a warrior.”
Wilder, 34 had downed Fury to the canvas twice in their previous bout but looked out of sorts to repeat the feat again however, he can trigger a rematch clause to fight the Gypsy after he recovers from tonight’s bloody encounter.
Fury on the other hand will try to fight his countryman Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titles which the latter got back from Mexican Andy Ruiz in the earlier last year. Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua took to twitter to hint on the prospect of the unification bout between the heavyweights.
For now, the self-styled Gypsy King who maintains the nick because of his Irish Traveler background can celebrate his clean victory run and comeback to the ring from the brink he got pushed to because of addiction, depression and all the negatives.
Coming into the fight, Fury looked composed, relaxed and confident as he was welcomed by the packed arena before the clash of titans. The vociferous supporters roared in the favor of Fury but blew the arena away when the Brit floored the Wilder with a big right in the 3rd round of the bout. The American who somehow managed to survive the scare once again after a slip and tried to compose him the 4th while Fury kept pressing the hurt hero.
A body shot in the 5th would inflict more damage to the already bruised American and it thereafter was all Fury in the MGM. The heavy blows in the 7th proved too much for Wilder and his corner as they dropped the towel after 1 min and 39 sec of play. Kenny Bayless stopped the fight to stop Wilder from further punishment at the hands of Gigantic Gypsy who came in 16 pounds heavier than their first meeting. The change of weight and tactics set by Javan Sugarhill Steward went perfectly in the clinching of the title.
An all-British clash would be on cards in a massive draw with AJ’s promoter Hearn already Talking about the potential fight to unify heavyweight titles.
“I have already spoken to AJ; he wants this fight. He has zero fear of Tyson Fury and he wants to be undisputed. It has become not just the biggest fight in British boxing history, it has become the biggest fight in the history of the sport worldwide,” he said talking to United Kingdom’s Talk Sport.